What do you think of when you hear the word, “Family”? Is it the people born blood of blood, adopted by or perhaps no relationship at all but given to you by God. I guess I think of all this. Certainly all of the before mentioned can be a blessing from God and actually a gift from God as well. Maybe one that you would like to “exchange” on occasion.
Mark 3:23-25 (NIV); “So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: ‘How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”
Jesus was being accused of actually being Satan by those jealous of Him. His statement has for me two main meanings. The first is to do that which you feel God is leading you to do and do not worry about public criticism. If you are not being criticized by some of the world, then you may be to much “of” the world. The other is a lesson that a family can not stand if divided. This may be your natural family, those chosen and given to you as family or your church family. Stand together, but only as the will of God prevails. What did Jesus say about family relations? Our Savior had a very unique, if not controversial, opinion at that time.
Mark 3:31-35 (NIV); “Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call Him. A crowd was sitting around Him, and they told Him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you’. ‘Who are My mother and My brothers?’ He asked. Then He looked at those seated in a circle around Him and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers!Whoever does God’s will is My brother and sister and mother.”
Was Jesus denouncing the earthly family? Certainly not. He was just showing that those following the will and word of God, were more important as “Family”. Don’t follow anyone, including family, directly into Hell. Jesus frequently told us to honor our parents. Actually one of the Ten Commandments was, “Honor thy mother and father.” Such powerful and meaningful words. However, Jesus goes on the explain:
Mark 10:6-9 (NIV); “But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Jesus wanted us to realize the importance of our Christian Family as well as our earthly family.
Mark 10:29-30 (NIV);“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.”
It is not always easy, but we must love all as Jesus first loved us.